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Friday 3rd February 2017

Well, well, well here we are again with our weekly update in 4W.

We have had another great week in English, looking at the book  `The Day the Crayons Quit’ written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.  And boy have we loved this book. It is the story of a boy, Duncan, who one day finds a pile of letters addressed to him.  These letters, as he soon finds out, have been sent to him by his crayons. Each crayon, bar one, have had the need to write to Duncan to express their concerns. They really are a whinging bunch of crayons! We have been looking at each of them in turn and deciding which crayon is the biggest complainer and the one we are most like. 

Miss Whittle also asked us to imagine that a new crayon arrives in the story, which colour it would be and what he or she would be like. We have just finished writing a letter from the new crayon to Duncan in the style of Drew Daywalt, the author.

Take a look and see what you think.

Some of the pages of the book.

In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting fractions and making it look easy.  We now know that when adding or subtracting fractions we have to add or subtract the numerator (the top number) but leave the denominator (the bottom number) the same.


So that,

 2 + 2 = 4    (2 add 2 equals 4)

 5   5    5    (this number stays the same)


We’ve been online to play a game to help us to practise adding and subtracting fractions game. We really get quite competitive in 4W as we try to beat our score and our time.  Fancy having a go? (adding) here and (subtracting) here.


Here's our latest favourite game -Fling the Teacher.  Check it out here.

In Science last week, we told you about the investigation we had set up to find out which liquid causes the most damage to our teeth. We explained that we placed eggshell in to 5 different liquids to see how each would react. Eggshells and teeth both contain large amounts of calcium. The outside of an eggshell is much like the enamel of our teeth. So, this investigation would help us see how the amount of sugar in drinks could affect our teeth. Take a look at our results.

Have the results surprised you? Most of us predicted correctly but we weren't expecting the mold and the disgusting smells! We were proved right, based on the amount of sugar (though it is natural sugars), the fresh orange juice appeared to cause most damage.  This shows just how important it is for us to brush our teeth at least twice a day to keep the dentist away!

So there it is, our 4W story this week. We hope you have enjoyed reading about it as much as we have enjoyed doing it.

See you next week for more...